Study: taking care of the teeth reduces the risk of dementia
State of dental health and mental faculties of man linked, scientists have found. According to them, regular care of your teeth and gums can reduce the risk of dementia later in life, says Reuters, citing a study conducted at the University of California.
Survey of 5500 older people revealed that those them, who brushed his teeth less than once a day were 65% more likely to develop dementia than those who used a toothbrush daily. According to scientists, this is due to the fact that bacteria from the mouth can get into the brain, causing inflammation and damage.
In particular, the study of patients with Alzheimers disease (the most common form of dementia) showed the presence of their brain more associated with gum disease bacteria than in healthy people. At the same time, this does not mean that regular brushing can protect against Alzheimers disease, the researchers note.
The results of their work are published in the "Journal of the American Geriatrics Society".